CRICKET: Hadleigh & Thundersley's winning run was ended by a five wicket defeat at Chelmsford.

Hadleigh, who went into the game having secured back to back victories, batted first and made 262.

Opener Matt Brewster top scored with a fantastic 150 while Luke Smith added 42 and Roy Smith 32.

But Chelmsford opener Jack Sterland hit a century of his own, scoring 111, to help the home-side triumph despite the best efforts of Hadleigh skipper Sam Handley who took 3/93.

The defeat saw Hadleigh slip to fourth in the Premier Division table.

In Division One, Billericay moved up to second in the standings after a seven wicket win against Gidea Park & Romford.

Gidea Park made 227/5 in their innings with Billericay's Arjun Bhardwaj (3/64) the pick of the bowlers.

However, that total never looked like troubling Billericay who made it home for the loss of just three wickets thanks to yet another stunning innings from Grant Roelofsen who hit 132 while Lee Knight scored 88 not out.

In stark contrast, Wickford remain bottom of the Division One table after suffering a four wicket defeat to Ilford.

Wickford made 275/5 with Ronnie McKenna (69), Adam Deller (51 not out), Huzaifa Umer (40) and Chris Westwood (40) all making contributions.

But a century from Aaris Ayub helped Ilford triumph for the loss of six wickets.

In Division Two, second placed Westcliff picked up 12 points in their draw at Oakfield Parkonians.

Westcliff scored 224/9 after batting first before Oakfield Parkonians dug deep to finish on 201/9.

Also in Division Two, fifth placed Old Southendian & Southchurch lost by eight wickets at Epping.

Southendian scored 230 with Jordan Taylor hitting 81 and Muhammad Ghani 61 but it was not enough to trouble Epping who made reached the required total for the loss of just two wickets.

Elsewhere, Leigh on Sea drew with Harlow Town.

Leigh made 241/8 with Dean Waller top scoring with 62 and Jon Edwards scoring 59.

In reply, bottom of the table Harlow finished on 108/5.

In Division Three, Southend & EMT drew at Newham.

Newham scored 316/6 before Southend hit 152/6.

Zisan Abedin top scored with 83.

Southend are now 13th in the table.